The American Society of Addiction Medicine defines addiction as a “chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” Around 20.5 million Americans suffer with an addiction and 15.1 million suffered with an alcohol use disorder in 2015. Like other chronic diseases, such as diabetes or heart disease, addiction has no cure and may involve various cycles of relapse and remission. Treating addiction and remaining sober takes a lifetime of commitment on the part of the addict and include major lifestyle adjustments and behavioral adaptations. A successful addiction treatment plan must address the disease as well as the underlying factors contributing to the addiction. It must also prepare the individual for recovery outside of treatment. When a person suffers from addiction, it impacts their biological, psychological, social and spiritual makeup; all of which will be addressed in addiction treatment utilizing evidence-based practices from a highly trained staff.Our Programs
Characteristics of Addiction
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When addiction takes hold, it changes everything. It impacts the individual’s emotional, spiritual and physical well-being. When a substance is abused, whether it’s alcohol, prescription pain medication, or illegal street drugs, the user gets addicted to the high they receive from the surge of dopamine. The problem is, that high can’t be maintained. The brain craves more and more, and the user begins to take bigger doses to break the tolerance they’ve established. Overdose becomes a scary possibility at this point and quitting on their own becomes more and more difficult. Step 1 of the 12 Steps states “We admitted we were powerless over alcohol – that our lives had become unmanageable.” The substance or substances being abused tend to become the priority in the person’s life, despite the consequences, and despite pleas from loved ones to seek help. Substance abuse changes the brain and the chemical dependence can become too strong to resist without professional intervention.
As the addiction progresses, the addict experiences a number of changes, including:
• Continued engagement in addictive behaviors despite the negative impact or problems associated with the substance abuse.
• Lack of ability to take action despite recognizing the destructive behavior
• Exorbitant amount of time spent in active addiction or recovering from the effects of substance abuse.
• Preoccupation with abusing substances
• A skewed sense of the benefits and detriments associated with substance abuse
• Believing (inaccurately) that problems experienced are attributable to other things in life, not the addiction
• Anxiety, depression, emotional pain
• More sensitivity to stress
• Difficulty identifying feelings (Alexithymia)
Factors That Contribute to Addiction
There are people that can drink alcohol casually and never become an alcoholic. There are others who cannot. There are many factors that contribute to the likelihood someone will develop an addiction problem. Genetics account for half the probability someone will develop addiction. However, this doesn’t mean that because a family member has an addiction you will too. Other factors are at play. Environmental factors also play a significant role. An unstable home-life, history of trauma or existence of co-occurring psychiatric disorders can lead someone into substance abuse. For many, relying on substances becomes a misplaced way of coping with significant emotional trauma. Statistics release in the National Survey of Adolescents, show that teens who had experienced physical or sexual abuse/assault were three times more likely to report past or current substance abuse and more than 70 percent of the adolescents receiving treatment for substance abuse had a history of trauma. Studies also indicate that as many as 59 percent of young people with PTSD later develop substance abuse problems.
Addiction Treatment in Panama City Beach: What to Expect
With crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches – just minutes away from our residential quarters – JourneyPure Emerald Coast is the perfect place to begin your recovery journey. The ocean breeze, the laid-back atmosphere, and access to fun and exciting outdoor activities, will lay to rest those outdated views you may have of rehab. Addiction treatment in Panama City Beach is not only effective – it’s fun.
There is not a one-size-fits-all approach to addiction treatment. We understand that each patient has different needs and challenges when it comes to addiction and mental health, so our treatment plans are customized and tailored to meet those individual needs.
Here is an overview of what you can expect from the moment you call:
Our friendly and helpful admissions coordinators will be on-hand to help answer any questions you have about treatment at JourneyPure Emerald Coast. Each patient will undergo a clinical assessment to help determine the best treatment plan and recovery path for them. They are happy to provide a free health benefits check and help you understand exactly what your insurance covers and what out-of-pocket expenses are likely. We take most insurances, including Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield, Beacon Health Options, Humana and more.
Depending on a number of factors, the clinical assessment will help determine the level of care that best suits your needs. We offer residential addiction treatment as well as Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP) and Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP). PHP and IOP are offered as either an individual’s primary care or a step-down, continuing care option for those who have been in residential treatment and need additional clinical support. PHP and IOP programming is offered throughout the week and allow for patients to balance home and work life while receiving the quality treatment they need for long-term recovery.
Dual Diagnosis and Holistic Care
We take a holistic approach to addiction treatment, ensuring that each patient is cared for physically, emotionally and spiritually throughout their stay. We believe healing from the wounds of addiction means not just addressing the addiction itself, but the underlying psychiatric reasons for the addiction. With dual diagnosis treatment, each patient will be assigned a primary care physician and a psychiatric team of professionals who work in tandem to develop the best course of treatment.
We also believe that a strong mind and body is better suited for long-term recovery; therefore sleep, nutrition and exercise – the three pillars of health – are critical pieces to the treatment plan. Mindfulness and meditation exercises help clear the mind, lower stress, increase clarity and instill a sense of calm in our patients. We also incorporate experiential therapies like equine, outdoor adventure and songwriting into our program. These non-traditional therapies are a great way to tap in to some buried feelings and emotions that correlate with the addiction. They also promote team-building and allow patients to slowly regain trust in others. They also challenge the body and mind with new physical activities, which improves self-confidence and self-esteem.
We utilize the best in evidence-based addiction treatment to ensure our patients are receiving the latest and most successful methods available. Behavioral therapies are incorporated into weekly individual and group settings to help patients modify destructive behaviors associated with drug or alcohol abuse and develop the coping mechanisms needed to remain abstinent post-treatment. Some of these therapies include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT).
Addiction doesn’t just affect the addict, but everyone around them. Family members are especially impacted and need a supportive community during this difficult time. Through a day of programming every other weekend, family members take part in educational groups and therapeutic activities. Our goal is to educate about the disease of addiction to help people understand the “why” behind the addiction and how it leads to destructive behavior. and to provide the tools for healthy communication. There are strong feelings and emotions on both sides for the patient and family members, which can lead to tension, fighting, or even separation. With the proper communication tools, both can learn to express their truest feelings in a more constructive way.
Following Your Journey Through Aftercare
A major problem in the addiction treatment industry has been the lack of follow-up care for patients after they leave treatment. Many who have struggled with addiction agree that the most difficult stretch of recovery for them happens within the first year of leaving treatment. Because addiction is a chronic disease characterized by relapse, it is crucial to incorporate an aftercare, or continuing care plan, into the overall scope of treatment. JourneyPure Emerald Coast promises each patient one year of coaching services at no additional charge. With weekly check-ins from a recovery coach, and free access to JourneyPure Coaching™, an app designed to track your personal recovery goals, you’ll have additional support throughout your recovery journey.
Some patients may realize after residential or PHP treatment that they need additional clinical care, continued therapy and the supportive community that comes with a step-down program. Our staff will help in the transition to a lower level of care that meets your needs. Long-lasting recovery for each patient is our number one goal, so we will do everything we can to ensure you receive any additional services that will aid in your recovery.
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If you are ready for addiction treatment in Panama City Beach, Fl., we are ready for you. Our friendly staff, many of whom are also in recovery, are highly trained to deliver the best in addiction treatment. Contacts us for a free consultation.